The first World Rowing Indoor Championships announced

Erg Sprints, in partnership with World Rowing (FISA), Concept2 and USRowing is pleased to announce the first World Rowing Indoor Championships to be staged in Alexandria, VA from 17 to 18 February 2018.

The partnership follows on from the successful staging of indoor rowing at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland and is in recognition of the tremendous growth and development of indoor rowing as a full discipline within the sport of rowing.

Indoor rowing has long since been more than a training tool for on-water rowers, and indoor rowing machines can now be found in fitness gyms, rehabilitation clinics, schools, universities and CrossFit facilities all around the world. The first indoor rowing race took place in 1982, and since then the sport has continued to grow, with hundreds of races taking place worldwide each year. ​

“Our designation as the first World Rowing Indoor Championships continues Erg Sprints’ 32-year tradition as a top notch indoor competition,” said Lisa Zickar, event organizer. “We are excited to welcome the world to Alexandria and TC Williams High School. The World Rowing events being run in conjunction with our traditional races will give rowers at all skill levels, from novice to elite, an opportunity to experience competition on an international stage.”

“This partnership is designed to put indoor rowing exactly where it should be on the international sports map. Participation in indoor rowing at an elite and competitive level has been skyrocketing in recent years and it is time to give the sport an official championship status,” said Jean-Christophe Rolland, FISA President. “Indoor rowing continues to break new ground in innovation and World Rowing is very pleased to be joining forces,” added Rolland, an Olympic Champion who trains on the indoor rower nearly every day.

Peter Dreissigacker, co-founder of Concept2, “We at Concept2 are excited to support a new championship format, moving the event to different locations and showcasing a truly international sport. With World Rowing on board we hope to have the participation of the best athletes from all corners of the globe.”

The championships in Alexandria will combine Erg Sprints and World Rowing Indoor Championship events, which are expected to attract more than 2500 competitors.

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